Friday, April 22, 2011

Running Up That Hill - Hollland 7" Single

The Holland 7" release for Running Up That Hill has two huge disappointing factors for me.

The first one is the quality of the sleeve itself. The paper is so thin that it's probably as thin as writing paper. I have never seen the paper quality so thin on a picture sleeve before in my life. This could also explain why it's suffered so badly with ring wear through the years.

The other disappointing factor is that this sleeve is nothing more than a photocopy of another sleeve. This release is very reminiscent of the Single File release for The Man With The Child In His Eyes. As everyone knows, in that situation, EMI decided to make cheap colour photocopies of a first issue sleeve and used this to cut costs for the box set reissue, and the exact same idea was implemented for this sleeve. I'm not sure if it comes across in my scans or not, but if you already own a copy of this release you'll easily be able to tell. On the back of the sleeve where the flap is along the bottom - it's not real. It's just a photocopy of another sleeve that left an impression on this one, so there aren't any real joins/folded flaps here. Very disappointing!

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